'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Critic Reviews
The film wants to be a diverse, all-encompassing examination of contemporary parenting, but it's overly sanitized and insists on neatly tying up each of its stories at the end.
I can't watch that many characters simultaneously push without feeling like I, too, have been put through the ringer. If only the filmmakers had themselves pushed harder for a more incisive and more daring depiction of 21st century new parenthood.
San Francisco Chronicle
"What to Expect" isn't an inspired movie, but a manufactured one, but one with some laughs and some moments.
Most of the time, the sentimental rom-com antics and underdeveloped archetypes feel as fake as the big bellies the ladies are showing off.
Kansas City Star
Expect that two hours will feel like nine months, and that before it's over you'll be screaming for an epidural to your brain.
To use the appropriate parlance, it's bloated, though the waves of nausea here come more in the third trimester than the first.
What to expect when you're watching: attractive actors playing unrealistic characters, sitcom-y storylines with predictable outcomes and a heavy-handed family-values message. In other words, warmed-over baby formula.
When it works, it's because genuinely funny people are elevating tempered material.
Mark Reviews Movies
Director James Kirk and editor Michael Berenbaum chop and sloppily paste the scenes with little concern for the overall flow.
Audiences were expecting more than this.
What to Expect When You're Expecting doesn't find new laughs, just layers on attempts at the tried-and-true ones - think one scene in which a woman howls and makes funny faces during labor is funny? How about many of them together?
With 10 main characters and nearly as many smaller players, "What to Expect" attempts to cover every possible type of motherhood in America and very nearly succeeds.
Hollywood rarely gives birth to a comedy that's both hilarious and honest. 'What to Expect' hits both chords, defying expectations.
Mechanically hits all the manipulative beats and tropes one anticipates while failing to breathe much dimension into the actors vying for screen time.
Is the sight of a woman in labor screaming for drugs ever not hilarious? If you can honestly answer yes, then you might want to see Expecting after all.
With this much intelligence about pregnancy, What to Expect may as well have come from the instructions on how to build a table.
What the movie needs most is a representative of Child Protective Services to take all the babies taken away from these selfish and superficial people.
Director Kirk Jones finds little to love about child rearing in this movie adapted by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach from Heidi Murkoff's advice manuals...
It's a tedious, lifeless mishmash of characters with all the personality of mannequins.
One Guy's Opinion
Don't expect much...You might think it was Garry Marshall's latest holiday-themed multi-subplot stinker.
The 110 or so minutes ended up feeling like 9 months of cinematic gestation without the glow. (Full Content Parental Review also available)
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Sometimes a dopey sitcom and sometimes a thoughtful look at how intimidating it is to have a kid.
As star-studded adaptations of popular, nonfiction, non-narrative self-help books go, 'What To Expect' is surprisingly not terrible.
In a year when women's reproductive freedoms are constantly in the political crosshairs, What to Expect When You're Expecting feels like just another affront to anyone who owns and operates a uterus.